This is Ida Keeling - 102 year old Record Holder!
So, I’m not going to quote any scientific studies. You can look this up for yourself. Research has shown over and over again that two of the leading factors in living a long life are: 1. Adopting a healthy lifestyle; eat right and move! 2. Having a strong social network of friends that provide support and accountability.
Following the teachings of Jesus will bring you into a healthy lifestyle! Becoming a believer and being active in His ministry pulls you into a network of great people! Jesus give us something to live for! He gives purpose to meaningless lives! A church full of believers becomes a family…sometimes a dysfunctional family that needs some counseling, but a family none the less.
A church full of active followers of Christ is full of love, battles, and drama, joys, and heartbreak. All of which makes life full and sometimes stress-full! But that’s what keeps us human beings going. We are relational creatures. We need contact with others, and so does God. He wants a strong relationship with us. The stories we find throughout the Bible deal, primarily with our relationship with God and each other.
We’ve all heard people say, “I feel closest to God when I’m outside walking in the woods.” To which I say, “Great! How often do you go walking in the woods? Do you share that experience with people or just hang out there all alone?” If you have already accepted Jesus as your Savior, you will never, never experience him in his fullness out in the woods all by yourself. You may be in awe of God's creations and feel a great sense of amazement at His power. But God did not send His Son to die for our sins just to have us go out and walk in the woods. He sent His Son so that we will have a full, life filled with God and believers just like ourselves.
– The Bible is all about building relationships, not sitting at home watching TV.
If you have not been to church for a long time, get up and get plugged in!
For the last week Michelle and I have been traveling all over Romania. We’ve been to Timisoara, Transylvania, Sibiu, Draganesti, and Sunday, Craiova.
This experience has been an awesome walk into the mission fields in Romania. We have met with U.S., Canadian and Romanian missionaries throughout the country. They are all driven to reach the people of their communities for Christ. We talked with a couple who opened an thrift store and are laying the framework of a new medical clinic. We talked with a couple reaching unwed mothers, and wed mothers for Christ. We’ve talked with new church planters in Timisoara and those who do training workshops on church planting.
Sunday, in Craiova, we spent the morning worshiping with the people of a new church plant. It was awesome to talk with a woman who had traveled 30 miles by bus just to be a part of this service. She has not made the decision to accept Christ yet but feels God calling her. Her family tells her she is crazy to travel all that way for such nonsense. Her battle with this choice is something we don’t have to worry about here in the U.S. If she gives her life to Christ, there is a great chance her family could disown her; or treat her as if she has lost her mind.
I love to see these people who are here, “on-fire”, working, and devoting their lives to Christ. What an amazing experience! I wish I could take our entire church back here or at least to one of these countries!
The pictures are of the church, the lead pastor, Kelly Chewing (another student in our program) and myself in the Sunday morning worship service, and of the thrift store missionaries.
One more time: Awesome.
Scripture for the week:
Romans 12: 11-13
11 Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. 12 When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes.